Peter Lalor

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Peter Lalor is associated with Ballarat located at these coordinates -37.5621071, 143.8561493

Date of Birth: 5/2/1827
Date of Death: 9/2/1889
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Peter Fintan Lalor was an activist turned politician who rose to fame for his leading role in the Eureka Rebellion, an event controversially identified with the "birth of democracy" in Australia. He is famous for being the only outlaw to make it to parliament.Lalor's role at Eureka comes as no surprise when we consider his family background. The youngest of a family of eleven, he was the son of Patrick Lalor, a middling tenant farmer and anti-tithe Member of Parliament for Queen's County in the 1830s. An elder brother of his was also involved in the abortive Young Ireland uprising in 1848, and died soon after leaving prison. Peter Lalor and his brother Richard emigrated to Australia in 1852, and while Richard soon returned, Peter moved on to Ballarat to stake a claim. Lalor was a relatively unobtrusive figure on the goldfields, but was upset over the Scobie affair and joined the Ballarat Reform League. He only emerged to prominence at the end of November by his speaking, and was the leader at the Stockade, representing those too aggressive for Humffray's moral force stance. Wounded in the attack, he was smuggled out and treated, eventually having his arm amputated. Later, Lalor emerged to be elected to the Legislative Council and enjoyed a long Parliamentary career, culminating in his appointment as Speaker in 1880. Still a young man in 1854, Lalor is described as tall, well proportioned and good-looking. His character seems to have been relatively straightforward and determined; a courageous man who would give passion and commitment to a cause once it had won him over.

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Peter Lalor has been tagged on these pages:

  1. Eureka Stockade:Flashers, femmes and other forgotten figures of the Eureka Stockade
  2. Eureka Stockade:Peter Lalor's Narrative
  3. Eureka Stockade:Petition from Ballarat residents re Scobie murder
  4. Patrick Smyth
  5. Peter Lalor
  6. Raffaello Carboni
  7. Timothy Hayes
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